Introducing the Extended Events User Interface

Check out What’s new for Extended Events in SQL Server Codenamed “Denali” CTP3 for an overview of all of the new functionality released in CTP3. This post details the new user interface. In my overview post I mentioned that the user interface is built directly into management studio (SSMS) and that there are four parts:…


What’s New for Extended Events in SQL Server Codenamed “Denali” CTP3

CTP3 is finally here and the crowd goes wild! Since I’m sure everyone has been anticipating the CTP3 updates to Extended Events (because, let’s face it, Extended Events is the most important part of the product, right?) let’s get to it. Introduction I’m going to cover the new features at a high level in this…


Today’s Subject: Predicates

Don’t worry, I haven’t suddenly switched the topic of this blog to English grammar, but if you want to learn more about Predicates as they apply to sentence constriction you can start with this article on WikipediA. Rather, today’s topic is about predicates in Extended Events. You can find a brief description of predicates in…


Introduction to Extended Events

For those fighting with all the Extended Event terminology, let’s step back and have a small overall introduction to Extended Events. This post will give you a simplified end to end view through some of the elements in Extended Events. Before we start, let’s review the first Extented Events Objects that we are going to use:…

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Reading event data 101: What’s up with the XML?

If you explored extended events to any degree you’ve already discovered that when you read the targets you get your event data back as XML. First things first, lets clear up a popular misconception; event data is not stored as XML in the targets, it’s stored as binary. The XML is generated from the binary…